We’re back into school mode for the beginning of term 2. We only have classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays so this was a short week for us with Tuesday being a Student Free Day and Wednesday being ANZAC Day.
We started off this term with some cooking, something we haven’t done a lot of this year so far. We’re doing a Nursery Rhyme focus and incorporating shapes into it so we made some Pat-a-cake Scones. You can find the recipe we used here: Pat_a_cake Scones. We found a B shaped cookie cutter and pushed this into the top of the scones.
Of course any good chef needs a chef’s hat. We had square templates for the children to trace around and then cut out. We glued 3 circles on top and added a band around the bottom so we could wear them.
We recited the Pat-a-cake poem as well as learning the Sally Square song which is sung to the tune of London Bridge. After we sang the song we looked around the room for square shaped objects. I showed the children how to take photos with our class iPad2 and we then took photos of each item; pieces of Duplo, CD cases and even our sandwiches at lunch time (EYLF 4.4.4 – explore the purpose and function of a range of tools, media, sounds and graphics). We’ll print them out later and make a shape display.
We set up another table in the room with pattern blocks and mats. We also introduced a new building toy that I made with the help of some students in the morning. We got some large popsticks/tongue depressors and stuck velcro to the ends. The velcro dots were the perfect size for these large sized popsticks. I told the children I wanted fluffy dots on one side and scratchy dots on the other side. They picked this up very quickly and were a great help. The students had a lot of fun playing with this new equipment that was not only cheap but easy to make.